Deputies arrest half brothers after clerk shot during armed robbery

Deputies arrest half brothers after clerk shot during armed robbery
The Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office arrested 28-year-old James Driggers (left) and 19-year-old Ira Fanning (right) who have each been charged with attempted murder and armed robbery in connection with a July 22 robbery. (Source: OCSO)

ORANGEBURG COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - Two half brothers have been charged with attempted murder after a clerk was shot during an armed robbery at a convenience store in Orangeburg County.

The Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office arrested 28-year-old James Driggers and 19-year-old Ira Fanning who have each been charged with attempted murder and armed robbery in connection with a July 22 robbery.

“These two proved they were dangerous, and for what? A small amount of money,” Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said. “They’ll have a long time to think about placing little or no value on someone’s life.”

Deputies responded to a Quick Mart convenience store in Rowesville after a report of a robbery.

Witnesses reported that a male subject entered the business around 3:30 p.m. wearing a mask and gloves.

“Security video depicts the male pull out a revolver before pulling the register to him,” OCSO officials said. “As the gunman does, he shoots the clerk in the arm.”

A report states the suspect is then seen taking cash before fleeing to a waiting escape vehicle which sped off.

Investigators said they believe it was Driggers who entered the business while Fanning served as a getaway driver in an awaiting Volvo SUV.

Ravenell said the two are being looked at as possible suspects in other incidents including a previous robbery in Cope.

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